Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) today voted in support of legislation (H.R. 1363) introduced by House Republicans that will fund the Department of Defense through the remainder of the fiscal year and extend the existing Continuing Resolution (CR) for one week.
"House Republicans continue to take responsible and proactive steps to ensure that the federal government does not shut down, that our defense operations are adequately funded, and that our servicemen and women continue to be paid while the Senate refuses to take action," said Congressman Bishop.
Last year, under the Democrat majority, House leaders failed to pass a budget or appropriations bills for FY 2011. This year, the new Republican majority took action by immediately passing a bill (H.R. 1) funding the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. This legislation not only addressed all necessary funding needs but also cut federal spending by $61 billion over the remainder of the year. Despite the fact that the House has already acted, Congress has had to pass short term extensions of the previous budget to ensure that the government remains operational until the Senate takes action.
"In addition to fully funding the Department of Defense through the remainder of the fiscal year, this legislation also upholds the commitment I and my fellow Republicans made in the Pledge to America to get our fiscal house in order by cutting wasteful spending. At the end of the day, the Senate must act responsibly by passing a funding bill so that both the House and Senate versions can be reconciled and sent to the President once and for all. It is time for Senator Reid to stop playing games with the livelihoods of hard-working Americans," Bishop added.
Specifically, H.R. 1363 will provide $515.8 billion to fund the Department of Defense through September 30, 2011 and cuts $12 billion from funding provided in the one-week extension.